by Brad Schmitt
Brad Schmitt is a longtime Nashville entertainment journalist, having shared the goods on Music City’s most interesting people in the newspaper, on TV, and online for more than 15 years. Every week, Brad hits country fans with the latest news from Nashville and the lives of their favorite country artists.
Julie Andrews supports Carrie Underwood playing Maria von Trapp
Folks, this is one big thumbs up.
You know that Carrie Underwood is tackling the role of Maria von Trapp in a live TV remake of The Sound of Music Dec. 5 on NBC.
And you might know (especially if you’re older than 40) that film superstar Julie Andrews made that role legendary in the original 1965 movie.
So how does Julie, now 77, feel about country superstar Carrie doing that role?
Pretty dang good, thanks.
“I think she’s great,” Julie told the Belfast (Ireland) Telegraph at a recent event in L.A.
“It’s going to be the original show, I believe,” Julie added, “and I think after 40 or 50 years it’s probably time somebody else had a crack at it.”
Deacon from ABC’s Nashville is definitely different than the actor who plays him
OK, OK, we know it’s acting. But sometimes we wonder if the actor and his or her character have anything in common.
Take tortured singer/songwriter Deacon Claybourne on ABC’s Nashville. The actor who plays him, Chip Esten, in fact is a singer/songwriter and has played the Opry. But Chip says he’s not the relapsing alcoholic he plays on TV.
“I’m very different than Deacon in many, many ways, but there’s a lot of ‘There but for the grace of God go I,’” Chip said.
“He’s had it harder than I’ve probably had it so it’s taken its toll and he’s got his demons that he battles and I guess everybody does, but I’m pretty different,” he said. “But I’m glad for it.”
Jason Aldean is tickled pink to be part of the fight against breast cancer
Yeah, we all saw the NFL football players and referees wearing pink this past weekend to promote breast cancer awareness, but country music sure does its part as well.
For instance, “Opry Goes Pink” happens Oct. 22 with LeAnn Rimes.
And Jason Aldean once again has picked one of his October concert dates to donate all the proceeds to the local Susan G. Komen affiliate. That’ll happen Oct. 25 in New Orleans.
“Last year the Komen New Orleans team needed a little over $1 million to meet all their needs, but they were only able to fund about half of that,” Jason said.
“If we raise the half a million that we did last year in Dallas we’ll be able to help these women meet their goal and provide the services the town needs.”
And there is a bonus, he adds: “I can’t wait to see an arena full of pink in support of such a great cause!”